All stories by Shekhar Gupta
All hail Modi's 1st BJP BudgetRediff.com19 Feb 2021
The Modi government is notoriously honest about one fact: It does not listen to economists, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi has lost the battle on farm lawsRediff.com18 Feb 2021
This crisis requires political sophistication and governance skills. This BJP has neither, observes Shekhar Gupta.
How can you measure democracy?Rediff.com15 Feb 2021
There is a vocal constituency of educated, well-to-do, articulate Indian elites who would rather go with the idea that too much democracy is a liability. That India needs a spell of benevolent dictatorship. Of course, they have never lived under one, points out Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi-Shah failed to convince the farmersRediff.com4 Feb 2021
In politics, if your objective is only winning elections, just Chanakya neeti might do. For governance you need both, Chanakya neeti and Ram Rajya. You can neither beat up the farmers into submission, nor dismiss them as 'Khalistanis', asserts Shekhar Gupta.
Pranab vs Sonia-Rahul: Who won?Rediff.com23 Jan 2021
Pranabda hasn't given us any indication of the tough period when he realised Sonia Gandhi had decided to give the presidency not to him, but to then vice-president Hamid Ansari. He wrested the presidency from her, and handed her the biggest defeat of her UPA years, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi should be worried about this dataRediff.com18 Jan 2021
At some stage this fall in the quality of life will begin to hurt anybody's popularity, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Do Modi-Shah understand Punjab politics?Rediff.com10 Dec 2020
The Sikhs love a good fight, and that's what the Modi government has given them.
The mystery death of Pakistan's 'holy warrior'Rediff.com5 Dec 2020
Khadim Hussain Rizvi is now gone. But the mass appeal of fundamentalism among Pakistan's burgeoning, young, illiterate, unemployed and angry population isn't, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's China blunderRediff.com27 Nov 2020
Prime Minister Modi made a strategic blunder of Nehruvian proportions -- presuming no war can happen now, and the Chinese won't be a military threat and risk their economic interests, observes Shekhar Gupta.
How China facilitated the India-US strategic embraceRediff.com3 Nov 2020
China is now the most significant strategic concern in Washington, as in most of the world's capitals, especially the democracies. Today, strategic autonomy has acquired a sharper definition: To ward off the Chinese challenge to India's territorial integrity, sovereignty and regional stature, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Why Modi-Shah don't need NDA anymoreRediff.com26 Oct 2020
In its sway over national politics now, the Modi-Shah BJP is what the Congress was under Indira Gandhi. Why would they indulge coalition partners, their greed and egos now, asks Shekhar Gupta.
The TRP TrapRediff.com20 Oct 2020
'The more the news media weakens, especially at this juncture of economic ruin with lay-offs and wage cuts, the more the owners and journalists weigh their value in terms who they are close to, the more they depend on the State to bail them out of trouble, slow-fry their rival, the faster it pushes us towards institutional destruction,' warns Shekhar Gupta.
Modi's twin test: Vodafone and BiharRediff.com19 Oct 2020
If Modi's truly a reformer and a believer in minimum government, he would bury the Vodafone ghosts now. He would also then go to Bihar, campaigning on his politically controversial reforms. Both will need him to dip deep into his accumulated political capital and risk it, suggests Shekhar Gupta.
Is India becoming a National SUSPICION state?Rediff.com2 Oct 2020
'Suspect all, fix all.' 'It is this mindset that begins at the very top of an establishment and then trickles down and across,' notes Shekhar Gupta.
Modiji, time to suspend hostilities at homeRediff.com25 Sep 2020
In a time of crisis like this, a government needs its people and politics united. A nation of India's size and diversity can't fight a stronger rival with fraying social cohesion, observes Shekhar Gupta.
Can Narendra Modi's fort be ever breached?Rediff.com2 Sep 2020
'In India, a really popular and well-entrenched leader is not defeated by a rival.' 'Such a leader has to defeat himself,' observes Shekhar Gupta.
It doesn't matter that Kamala Harris is half-IndianRediff.com26 Aug 2020
What the Indian economy looks like next January will influence her view on India, not her genetics, notes Shekhar Gupta.
Did India's secularism die on August 5?Rediff.com20 Aug 2020
'Indian secularism doesn't deserve a tombstone. It needs a new shrine,' argues Shekhar Gupta.
The Politics of EducationRediff.com14 Aug 2020
'If there is one thing our politicians, especially those with their ear to the ground, understand, it is the reality that their voters want three things from their children's schooling: English, English, English', notes Shekhar Gupta.
India is paying for Modi's wooing of XiRediff.com3 Aug 2020
'China was a relationship from which Mr Modi had expected the most it seems.' 'It showed in a string of summits, and somewhat breathless celebration of Xi Jinping.' 'It was hasty and simplistic,' observes Shekhar Gupta.